The arrest of two award winning journalists who carried out a major investigation into the Loughinisland massacre is a disturbing development that has caused deep concern, particularly among families campaigning for the truth.
As the investigation into the cause of the fire at the Primark store continues and engineers assess the damage to the historic building, it is clear that the blaze will have far-reaching implications for a number of businesses and the economy of Belfast city centre.
The cause of the shocking incident in which a foul-smelling waste product was extensively sprayed across the main street of Aughnacloy in Co Tyrone was still under investigation last night but there can be no doubt that the consequences were wide-ranging Witnesses said that the material, which was described as more pungent than slurry, was a foot deep in parts of the border village yesterday morning, causing health fears for residents and forcing the closure of some businesses.
Earlier this month the Irish government extended an invitation to the leaders of all the main political parties in Northern Ireland to attend a reception for Pope Francis in Dublin Castle during his visit last weekend.
There will be considerable concern over the error which led to a substantial number of health service workers receiving wages which in some cases were reduced by several hundred pounds due to unexpected pension deductions.
It is clear from pronouncements both before and since the Brexit referendum that those most fervent about leaving the EU have precious little knowledge or insight into the issues surrounding the Irish border.
From the moment that Pope Francis stepped from his plane at Dublin Airport on Saturday morning, it was clear that, despite the status associated with his office, he was a figure of humility who was apprehensive about the tasks ahead.
The first raft of documents from the British government on the consequences of a no-deal Brexit make alarming reading and provide further evidence that the full implications of leaving the EU were never properly thought through.
Northern Ireland may have missed out on the world record for the longest period without a government in peacetime but there is certainly nothing to cheer about in relation to the protracted power vacuum at Stormont.